What is Date Ariane?

Date Ariane, originally called Ariane’s Date Simulator, was a vanity project I made for my personal website in 2004.  At the time I was playing a lot of social 3D virtual world games, where virtual dating was encouraged.  I was not a fan of virtual dates, so I created a date simulator.  It went viral in 2007, and spawned a lot of imitators.

Why make a stand alone version of Date Ariane?

If you played the online version, you got a lot of “error 503” errors due to high traffic on the web server. This makes playing online not very enjoyable. I made the game available offline so you can download and play it on your own computer, but growing concerns about web security is making the offline HTML version harder to play for many people, especially if you are using anything other than Firefox, and that may change soon as well. I don’t want to rely on browser versions anymore.

This version of Date Ariane runs on Renpy, a well respected open source visual novel engine used by hundreds of games. Besides pictures and text, it can include music, sound effects, as well as special visual effects not possible in HTML. Renpy also allows you to save games, auto forward time, run in windowed or full screen modes and even use a text reader. It creates versions for PC, Mac, Linux, and Android automatically.

Where did the online version go?

I stopped hosting it due to traffic. Newgrounds is now hosting a version here.

Why do I have to pay to download now?

The same reason I had to switch from online to stand alone, popularity.  The bandwidth cost of hosting a free game made it no longer economically feasible to off the game for free.  More info here.

I play on my phone/tablet, and can’t get the Renpy version, so where is our version?

I have released a Android version, which has been downloaded thousands of times without complaint so I assume it works. There is currently no IOS version in the works as 1. It is very hard to make without a Mac, 2. Apple would not let an erotic game into their app store.

What’s a Visual Novel?

A Visual Novel is a story based video game. They are extremely popular in Japan. Think of it as a cross between a “Choose Your Own Adventure” comic book, and an adventure game with puzzles to solve. While comic books traditionally feature action stories involving super heroes, and computer adventure games traditionally feature mystery stories, visual novels are traditionally romantic stories. Visual novels (like comic books and adventure games) can really be about any genre, though Date Ariane is a romantic comedy in the Bishoujo tradition. More info on my blog or on wikipedia.

What game play differences are there between the Renpy Version and the Online Version?

The most obvious is that you use menu buttons instead of links. Player text appears after your choice instead as hover text. Initially this may seem like the game is slower, but after a while you will notice there is a better flow to the conversations in the game.

Because Renpy uses Python instead of Javascript, and the Javascript code had become an indecipherable mess over the years, I decided to write all new code from scratch. Differences in game play is inevitable as a result, however where differences exist I focused on making the Renpy version better than the online version. For testing purposes, I made sure the walkthroughs I wrote for the latest online version work on the Renpy version as well. They almost do, but there are differences.

One of the biggest differences is the elimination of “ponytail hair”. This change was way too difficult to make in the online version, but I really wanted to drop the use of ponytail hair to represent hair that could be wet or dry. Instead Ariane’s hair is always wet when in the hot tub or the pool, and remains so until she goes inside to dry off or after a shower. Ariane no longer wears a towel indoors, either. This eliminates two dress states which reduces the picture count a little. Some other rule changes have been made that make some events slightly harder, I’ll point them out in updated walkthroughs.

Other minor changes have been made as well, the nightclub and museum differ based on what Ariane is wearing there. There are a couple of small new events, nothing major, I’ll let you discover them on your own.

There are other things like game “Achievements”, 81 in all I believe. This kind of thing is not possible with the online version, and will add to replay value. Like the online version, there are also pop up hints to give you clues to Ariane’s current feelings. If you find these annoying you can turn them off in the Options screen (they are off by default). Also like online, you can cheat using the Konami Code, but this turns off achievement progress.

Can I share and redistribute the game?

For security reasons I highly recommend ONLY downloading it from links provided here on ArianeB.com. Third party sites tend to attach adware and other annoying malware on downloads, which I am forbidding as a violation of copyright, but I cannot reliably stop.

Please note that this version of Date Ariane is Copyrighted, not creative commons like the online version. You are not allowed to sell the game or make money off the game without my permission (which will probably involve giving me a cut), nor are you allowed to edit or change the game in any way for redistribution. See additional legal info in the enclosed help file.

Can I mod the game?

For your own use? Yes you can. There is a subdirectory in the download called “game” where you will find all the pictures and Renpy text files used in the game. As long as you don’t redistribute your modified game, you can customize it all you want. You may need to download the Renpy developers kit and a text editor. For ownership reasons (meaning I don’t own them), sound and music files are archived. Links to download, as well as substitute file names to customize the music, are available in the help file.

How do I start the game over?

Saved games are located in two places, so you need to erase both to start over:

1. Not sure where to find it on Mac or Linux, but on a windows computer you can find it by typing “%appdata%” in your computer’s search field, then click, “roaming”, then “renpy”, then “dateariane”.

2. Another copy can be found in the game directory. Go to where you installed the game, open “games” then “saves”

In these directories, you will find a file called “persistent”. If you delete both of these files, all the game data will be erased and it will be like you are starting the game brand new. You can also delete old saved games as well.

How do I do _____ in the game?

This walkthrough page has how to do most everything in the game. Help with the 78 achievements has its own page here.

What about other languages?

Date Ariane is now available in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Go to settings and select a language.

31 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. I have off and on been working on an HD version of the game (1500×1080), that I am incorporating with the slick new version of Renpy, and someone just sent me a new German translation for the current English version. Sometime hopefully later this year, I plan to incorporate all these into a new version of the game.

    1. Wagg13

      Hello, I would like to inform you that the Portuguese version 1.3 is not fully translated, please include some lines that are shown in English.
      if you need someone to translate I am available to help…

  2. Martin Monath

    Hello Ariane,

    thank you for this very nice little game^^. In one of the above FAQ’s you describe how to delete all the savegames. I also want to delete the achievements, so to start the game really all over. How do I do this?


    1. Ok, finally got Ariane HD to download completely. I turned down the zone levels in the internet settings and it got past the 20 mb stopping. Don’t know why but it worked for me.

      Great job on the HD version. Thanks

  3. Robert Richards

    Is there a real game here. I thought I had a game I could play and I didn’t like the fact that I had to download it. But I went ahead and did and I have no idea where it is. I can not find it anywhere.. I know it is on my computer somewhere, but I can’t find it anywhere. It had no windows shortcut to click on it isn’t in an games listings; I just don’t know where it is and so how am I supposed to play the stupid game?

  4. Robert Richards

    Is this game real? Does it really exist? I have done everything I can and I can not play it and it won’t download and I can’t find any versions of it in any form and I want to play. Where the heck is it and how do I get to play it?

  5. nicolenormand5

    hello is there any project to translate the games in french and if yes it would be for when because i like seducing ariane is the story is really nice
    cordially Nico

    1. I would love for some of my other games to be translated, but organizing Date Ariane’s translation into 4 languages was a big undertaking, and the later games are not as popular so I haven’t bothered.

  6. Wagg13

    Hi, I’m a big Date Ariane fan and recently installed the new 1.3 Portuguese version, I noticed that there are some problems with the images and the main menu that I fixed on my own.
    How could I get in touch with you to provide what I fixed?

    My email:clashofghames@gmail.com
    Reddit: u/Wagg13

    1. If bought through itch.io, just log into your account, it should be there. If bought through Payloadz, request an additional download, using the email you purchased it with. Be patient, I have to do these manually, but I approve all redownload requests, usually in 24 hours.

    1. If bought through itch.io, just log into your account, it should be there. If bought through Payloadz, request an additional download, using the email you purchased it with. Be patient, I have to do these manually, but I approve all redownload requests, usually in 24 hours.

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